Model for Barchester Close?

Not wanting to enter into the debate between the various claimants for the “true” location of Barchester, I discovered this delightful cul de sac in the shadow of Wells Cathedral. Whether it inspired Trollope in his novels of Barsetshire is anybody’s guess now. Who knows whether he ever even saw these pretty little cottages? But it is nice to think he might have stood where I stood 160 or more years later and witnessed a scene very similar to that which I saw.


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